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Heather MacFadyen, mother of four boys, connects you the listener with people and resources to help you feel less alone. Consider it an invitation to "withness".

Don't Mom Alone Podcast Heather MacFadyen

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 2K Ratings

Heather MacFadyen, mother of four boys, connects you the listener with people and resources to help you feel less alone. Consider it an invitation to "withness".

    Sunday Planning :: Retha Nichole [Ep 349]

    Sunday Planning :: Retha Nichole [Ep 349]

    Do you ever feel like you wake up Monday and the week is already running away from you? Overwhelm is a common feeling among moms and in this episode Retha Nichole shares the system she created that helped create margin in her own life. 
    As a working mom to three boys, and at times a single mom, her Sunday Planning routine and portioning out her “plate” has helped her take care of herself and her people well.
    “Sunday Planning looks different in the different seasons of life. As a mom of two  littles I thought of the five things that would help me the MOST. That is still what I do as my children have grown up and can do most of these things on their own.”
    Retha walks us through measuring our own capacity and how to craft your own Sunday Planning routine. Her website offers several products ready to make the most of your Sunday Planning efforts. 
    Connect with Retha:  Website: Retha Nichole https://www.thespcircle.com/ Facebook: Retha Nichole - Home | Facebook Instagram: @RethaNichole Links Mentioned:   Retha’s story on the So…What Else? Podcast with Kaitlin Eliott Featured Sponsors:  Stitch Fix Freestyle -- Get started today by filling out your style quiz at stitchfix.com/DMA HelloFresh--Get up to 16 free meals and 3 free gifts at hellofresh.com/dma16 use code: dma16 Prose--Take your FREE in-depth hair consultation and get 15% off your first order today. Go to prose.com/DMA. 

    • 58 min
    Honoring Others :: Rachael Wade [Ep 348]

    Honoring Others :: Rachael Wade [Ep 348]

    As we enter the holiday season, it’s easy to get swept up in the tasks and external pressures that crowd our days… coordinating family events, planning the food, buying and wrapping gifts. With so much to do, it can be easy to adopt a Grinch-like personality or to just be a bit snappy with people who enter our lives. 
    My guest Rachael R Wade is here to help our hearts grow three times larger by practicing giving honor to those around us. It’s a simple act of kindness that can be very powerful.
    “No one gets tired of hearing encouragement or being honored. And it's just calling out what God has put in others. Just taking the time to notice them and saying something kind. That little piece of encouragement could be the difference for if they decide to continue on in a dream or how they parent their kids. There's a lot of weight to our words.”
    Whether it’s showing honor to our kids and extended family or the clerk at the next store you enter, I invite you to pour out God’s love to a hurting world and use your words to heal. Rachael shares a lot of ideas for honoring others and how coming alongside and holding space for those around us is a catalyst for God’s kingdom here on earth. 
    Connect with Rachael R Wade:  Website: rachaelrwade.com   Facebook: facebook.com/RachaelRWade  Instagram: @rachwade  Links Mentioned:   Olive Us Community BOOK: Love Where You Live by Shauna Pilgreen  Don’t Mom Alone Patreon Group-- December Bonus Pep Talks Featured Sponsors: 
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    • 53 min
    Parenting in the Power of the Holy Spirit :: Jeannie Cunnion [Ep 347]

    Parenting in the Power of the Holy Spirit :: Jeannie Cunnion [Ep 347]

    Jeannie Cunnion is back on the show with a powerful message that reminds us that we are NEVER ALONE. As believers we always have the Holy Spirit with us and Jeannie shares how to deepen your understanding of the Holy Spirit and come to know Him as an intimate friend and companion.
    Not only that, but the Holy Spirit gives us power for the daily grind and holy work of motherhood. She shares about how He is faithfully at work, making the gospel irresistible to our kids and the freedom that comes from not having to do the Holy Spirit’s job for our kids. 
    “I think that there's a freedom and a frustration that comes with the Holy Spirit. There's freedom because it's like I can not do the Holy Spirit's job. He is going to be the one who sparks their faith, sustains their faith, strengthens them, sanctifies them. That is all his job. But that can also be frustrating because we want to be able to produce that fruit in their life to spare them from the consequences and the pain of sin. I have to remind myself that God loves my kids infinitely more than I ever could imagine and that he longs for them to live in the fullness of his grace and mercy, even more than I do.” 
    If you are longing to experience the freedom that comes from resting in the Holy Spirit instead of your own strength, this is the episode for you! Jeannie shares more in-depth on this subject in her new Bible study available for pre-orders now, Never Alone - Bible Study Book: Parenting in the Power of the Holy Spirit.
    Connect with Jeannie Cunnion:  Website: jeanniecunnion.com    Facebook: facebook.com/JeannieCunnion  Instagram: @jeanniecunnion  Links Mentioned:   BOOK: Don’t Miss Out BOOK: Never Alone - Bible Study Book: Parenting in the Power of the Holy Spirit   BOOK: Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit [Ep 190] Set Free From Shame :: Jeannie Cunnion [Ep 91] Anchoring Our Kids’ Lovability in Christ :: Jeannie Cunnion [Ep 55] How to {really} Parent with Grace :: Jeannie Cunnion PDF: Never Alone Manifesto Featured Sponsors:
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    • 53 min
    Embracing Your Power in Marriage :: Dr. Juli Slattery [Ep 346]

    Embracing Your Power in Marriage :: Dr. Juli Slattery [Ep 346]

    Many women feel lost in their marriages. They don't know what to do with their disappointment, when to ask for help, or what it looks like to let go of the need to control. But God has given women incredible power in marriage and Dr. Juli Slattery is here to help us learn how to use it.
    Dr. Slattery joins me to discuss key points from her bestselling book Finding the Hero in Your Husband and about how what we believe about our husbands can make all the difference in the intimacy, connection and health of our marriages.  
    “There are going to be issues in every marriage that have to be addressed, but it's the relational equity that we build through how we treat our husbands that gives us the power to confront things when they really need to be addressed. And when your husband has come to rely so much on your intimacy and companionship, then the fact that you have a concern really gets his attention because he doesn't want to lose you.”
    We talk about being emotionally safe for our husbands, stopping the cycle of disappointment and nagging in our marriages, and taking another look at intimacy as a sexual journey to go on with our husbands. It’s. So. GOOD. 
    If you are in need of a boost of hope and excitement to help you re-engage in your marriage, this episode is for you!
    Connect with Dr. Juli Slattery:  Website: authenticintimacy.com   Facebook: facebook.com/AuthenticIntimacy  Instagram: @authenticintimacy   Podcast: Java with Juli  Links Mentioned:   BOOK: Finding the Hero in Your Husband, Revisited  More Recent Episodes on Marriage: [Ep 299] Nurturing Your Marriage :: Brent and Janis Sharpe [Ep 234] Habits of a Healthy Marriage :: Paul David Tripp [Ep 335] Self-Differentiation and Why it Matters :: Nancy Houston  [Ep 206] Overcoming Barriers to Sexual Intimacy :: Nancy Houston Featured Sponsors: 
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    • 47 min
    Sober-Minded Living :: Jenn Kautsch [Ep 345]

    Sober-Minded Living :: Jenn Kautsch [Ep 345]

    Jenn Kautsch is an empty nester mom and a retired "grey area" drinker. She takes us into her story of feeling tired, stuck on auto-pilot, and ready for a change when it comes to her relationship with alcohol. 
    Through her own journey of seeking God about her casual drinking habit that was becoming a toxic mental battle, Jenn stopped asking if her drinking was “bad” for her and reframed it.
    “So I turned it around and I started asking myself the question, Jenn, is it good enough? Is your drinking good enough for you? Is your relationship with drinking, helping you become the best version of yourself? Is it taking you where you really want to go? Is it matching up to your outsides being like your insights or are you walking around with duplicity in a divided mind and a mental tug of war?”
    After choosing to embrace a sober lifestyle, Jenn started SoberSis,  a like-minded community of women who are renegotiating their relationship with alcohol without labels, shame, judgment or rules.
    We talk about how God brought her freedom from what felt like a divided life -- constantly feeling in conflict and stuck in an internal tug-of-war so she could live a more wholehearted life. And how she’s now been able to connect with close to 20,000 women from all over the world through her SoberSis community of women.
    Connect with Jenn:  Website:  sobersis.com  Facebook: facebook.com/sobermindedsister  Instagram:  @sobersis  Links Mentioned:   Get the Happy Hour Survival Guide from Jenn Join her 21 Day Reset Challenge Free Video Series - https://www.sobersis.com/new-videos If you had a parent who was an alcoholic check out this episode: Forgiving my Alcoholic Mother :: Sarah Mae [Ep 257] If you need help setting boundaries this holiday season: Setting Healthy Boundaries :: Dr. John Townsend [250]   Featured Sponsors: 
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    • 51 min
    When You Don't Know What to Pray :: Kayla Craig [Ep 344]

    When You Don't Know What to Pray :: Kayla Craig [Ep 344]

    As Kayla Craig sat in the hospital watching her daughter have a machine breath for her, she struggled to find the words to pray. In that difficult time in her family’s life, she learned about the power of liturgies which are scripted prayers from scripture. The more she turned to these powerful prayers prayed by Christians from all over the world, the less alone Kayla felt. 
    Years later, Kayla has created a book with modern liturgies for parents with more than 100 prayers to voice when words are hard to find.
    “The book of prayers that I have created are just simply prayers that you can borrow, prayers that can become your own. The prayers of another can comfort us and can lift our arms up and we can't lift our arms up. If you don't have the words to pray, take mine.”
    From everyday struggles like helping your child find friends or thrive in school to larger issues like praying for a brighter world rooted in peace and truth, these pleas and petitions act as a gentle guide, reminding us that while our words may fail, God never does.
    Stay tuned for about 20 minutes in when Kayla prays a powerful prayer over all of us weary parents! I think you are going to love learning more about liturgies and breath prayers from Kayla. I hope this is just one more tool in your prayer tool belt -- we certainly need all we can get!
    Connect with Kayla:  Website: kaylacraig.com  Podcast: Upside Down Podcast Facebook: facebook.com/kaylacraigwriter  Instagram: @kayla_craig & @liturgiesforparents  Links Mentioned:   BOOK: To Light Their Way: A Collection of Prayers and Liturgies for Parents   Featured Sponsors: 
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    • 42 min

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miserblyhopeless ,

For Moms

This is a wealth of knowledge and information!

Ebeth19 ,

Heather is so awesome!

I have enjoyed this Podcast for several years! I can’t remember how I found it, but the first time I listened I was in the early stages of Motherhood with a newborn and 3 year old and a husband who traveled every week for work. I remember the close when Heather says “While you are washing dishes and cleaning sticky floors…”…I was actually washing dishes and got so teared up at the rest of Heather’s words that God is there with you…it hit home when I needed it most.
A year or so after I was on the leadership team of the local Mops (Moms of Preschoolers) Group when they were looking for recommendations for speakers. I was aware that Heather was in the Dallas area and had spoken to Mops groups before so I jumped at the opportunity to see if she was available. Our coordinator contacted her and she came to one of our meetings and did such a great job! Before the meeting, I had a chance to go up to Heather and I introduced myself and I think I said something like I don’t know you but have listened to and really enjoy your podcast and Heather was like “Well, we know each other now!” “Hi! Nice to meet you! We are friends now.”

I didn’t grow up in an overly religious house and at times can feel intimated by those with such upbringing. What I like about Heather is she genuine and will meet you wherever you are in your journey. No judgement. She’s a gift to Moms looking for hope, direction, encouragement and more. I hope she continues her work for a long as possible!

a.m.d.l ,

A Must-Listen!

I’ve been a listener for years. Heather is a wonderful host, asking great questions of her guests and is so pleasant and down to earth. I have learned so much and am always referring her show to friends! It’s great for all stages of motherhood and I can’t recommend this show more!!

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